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The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, September 5, 2012. NT NEWS. 7 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:5-SEGE:7 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K 1 0 3 4 0 1 5 ADVERTISEMENT NEC Australia is proving there are plenty of opportunities to gain development and training in the ICT Industry, no matter where you live. NECs Chris Hickman lives and works in Nhulunbuy, a remote mining community on the Gove peninsular, with a population of just 4000. As part of a larger NEC Australia team in the Territory, Chris has played a critical role in supporting the NT Governments desktop, server and network infrastructure in Nhulunbuy for the past nine years. NEC Australia has a strong commitment to developing capability in regional and remote centres of the NT, and Chris has been more than happy to pass on his extensive knowledge and expertise to a number of young indigenous people in Nhulunbuy through NECs school based apprenticeship program. Gabrielle Birch is NEC Australias newest trainee in Nhulunbuy. She is currently enrolled as a year 11 student at Nhulunbuy High School and is completing a Certifi cate II in IT. Gabby attends work with NEC one day a week under Chris expert supervision. Ask Chris what keeps him in Nhulunbuy and hes quick to tell you about the fantastic lifestyle the area has to offer. Its a beautiful place, he says. Living here is defi nitely a lifestyle choice. Its a safe and friendly environment, apart from the occasional crocodile. You can go to the beach and not see another person for miles, and the fi shing and camping is brilliant. Nhulunbuy is the Bermuda Triangle of ICT problems, jokes Chris. There is no such thing as a typical day. Its a small community and we are always there for our clients. Everyone knows each other by name and you try and resolve problems as quickly as you can. Gabrielle says the ICT knowledge and skills she is gaining are complementary to her desire to become a chemical engineer. I meet new people and face new situations nearly every day, she says. It can be a challenge to balance school with work, but it means Im developing strong organisational and time management capabilities as well as ICT skills. Chris takes the time to explain how to analyse and solve problems and I actually get to perform real tasks for customers in real workplaces. NEC Australia will continue to support young people like Gabrielle living in remote areas of the Northern Territory by providing training and employment opportunities through its ICT Traineeship programs. About NEC Australia NEC Australia, one of Australias leading technology companies, has acquired CSGs Technology Solutions business and is now the largest ICT employer in the Northern Territory with over 240 staff. The company delivers a complete portfolio of technology solutions and services to a wide range of enterprise and government customers. NEC Australia helps customers gain better business value from their ICT investments. Chris Hickman and Gabrielle Birch NEC Australia Building technology capability in remote Northern Territory communities ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NEWS Shannon Binge Minhard is happy to say goodbye to the lower-strength version of VB Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Full-strength brew is back in flavour By DAVID WOOD BEERS can be like football teams you need to stick with them, even if they are not going so well. On the back of VB being beaten by rival XXXX Gold as the nations top-selling beer after 19 years at the top, Carlton and United Breweries are taking the alcohol content back up 4.9 per cent. It had been cut to 4.6 per cent to save millions in excise tax. They are also reverting to original packaging and bringing back the a hardearned thirst line. Winnellie Hotel customer and old school VB drinker Graham Maskell, 63, from Nightcliff doubts it will help lift sales. It doesnt really matter . . . I just drink it for the sake of drinking it, he said. (Its like) I barrack for Melbourne, youve got to stick with them if they get down before they get up. Originally a Victorian, hes been on vomit bombs for 20 years but has changed his beer team to suit the geography, quaffing XXXX in Queensland and Emu Bitter in Western Australia. Shannon Binge Minhard, 31, generally drinks Coopers as his beer of choice but has downed a VB or two in his time. I left school and travelled around outback Victoria and NSW and VB was the one the shearers were all drinking so I drank that, he said. Girlfriend prompted car theft By MEAGAN DILLON A TEENAGER stole an $180,000 Aston Martin after his girlfriend told him to two days after he punched a friend who wished for the affections of his ex, a court heard yesterday. Jermaine Khayle Jackson, 19, will be sentenced in the NT Supreme Court later this month. Justice Peter Barr was told: In 48 hours he has made two silly and impulsive decisions. Crown prosecutor Michael McColm said Jackson punched his friend, 17, in the face twice during a falling out over his exgirlfriend on June 1. He said the victim needed a titanium plate in his face. But defence lawyer Ian Rowbottam said: Jackson weighs less than 60kg he didnt know any punch of his could have that effect. It appeared to him that his friend wished for the affections of his ex-girlfriend and Jackson was the winner of those affections. The ex-girlfriend is expecting Jacksons baby in October. Mr McColm said two days later, Jackson was shown a 2007 Aston Martin at his then girlfriends uncles house in Fannie Bay. He said he returned to the house later that day and stole the $180,000 car. But Mr Rowbottam said that the girlfriend had some disagreement with her own family and suggested Jackson take the car and hide it. He has been protective of her, he said. She was the one who handed him the keys. He said Jackson took the car for a joyride before abandoning it on a dirt track at Tumbling Waters, about 65km south of Darwin.